Witnessing is the reason we are here on Earth — to fulfill the Great Commission. Our purpose in life is to help others experience the same loving, grace-filled, intimate relationship with Jesus that we have. However, witnessing can be an intimidating task. Where do you draw the line? You don’t want to force your beliefs on others; not only does that turn people away, but it eliminates the point of free will. You also don’t want to worry about being politically correct to the point that your message is lost or altered.
The answer is simple, really: witness with your life, not just your words. Jesus himself teaches us this in Matthew 5:14–16: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Proverbs is one of my favorite books in the Bible (and in general). It is full of helpful wisdom and instruction for how to lead a Godly life. Proverbs 25:14 reads: “Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.” Are you the friend that everyone invites, knowing you will never show up? Do you make promises that you don’t keep? The first step to witnessing without words is being credible. Show up when you say you are going to show up. Do the things you say you are going to do. People will respect someone that is true to their word above someone who can recite the entire Bible or give a motivational speech.
What does this have to do with witnessing?
Everything. You have to lead by example. Famous Saint Francis of Assisi once proclaimed something so simple yet so astounding: “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” This philosophy is life-altering to me. Jesus’ death would have meant absolutely nothing if he did not follow through with the action. Words are necessary to explain your actions and to share the Good News, but let your life be the conversation starter.
This week focus on your actions. If you promise to be somewhere or do something, follow through. Pay close attention to your actions and how they reflect your relationship with Jesus. If you see someone drop something, pick it up for them. Choose to hold your tongue instead of instigating an argument. Hold the door for that woman with a stroller. Choose to show grace and encourage someone when they make a mistake instead of getting annoyed. These simple choices have great potential to open a conversation that affects someone’s eternity.
By Emily Meadows